What to Expect in Kindergarten


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As kindergarten approaches, it can be both exciting and scary for families. Open houses and meet-the-teacher events provide a lot of information about the school year, but many parents leave without knowing exactly what their child is going to learn in kindergarten. Most parents understand that a child is expected to develop basic academic skills throughout the year, but what they may be less familiar with is how teachers help students to develop a whole new set of social and emotional skills.

“Having strong social and emotional skills helps your child develop a willingness to approach difficult tasks, get along well with others and develop a love of learning without fear,” says Lacy Kline Van Ever, a kindergarten teacher at Smithfield Elementary School who worked with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to write lessons that teach social and emotional skills.

If your child is heading to kindergarten soon, check out the list below for academic, social and emotional knowledge and skills you can expect to see develop throughout the school year, and the ways that you can support this development at home.

Language and Literacy

In preschool, many children learn to identify letters and letter sounds. In kindergarten, the goal is for children to begin to understand that letters go together to form sounds and that sounds combine to make words. By the end of the year, many kindergartners are reading words and short sentences.

Throughout the year, kindergarten teachers work hard to “create a culture of reading and a love for books” says Shekeria Barnes, assistant principal at Socrates Academy School of Excellence.

At home: Support early-literacy development by exploring books with your child and exposing him to language in everyday life. 

Math Skills

Once a child starts to recognize numbers — usually just before or sometime during kindergarten — teachers begin to use physical materials like blocks or beads to help practice basic addition and subtraction.

At home: Encourage a love of math by helping your child see how numbers and math fit into everyday life. Let your child cook with you or ask for her help solving everyday problems that use math.

Making Friends

By kindergarten, most kids have moved on from parallel play to more collaborative play and conversation. Amanda Zaidman, a licensed clinical social worker who owns Constructive Parenting, works with families every day. In kindergarten, most children enjoy playing games with one another and collaborating on projects, Zaidman says.

At school, teachers support students’ social skill development by “practicing how to share and take turns, and modeling empathy and respectful interactions,” Barnes says.

At home: Support your child’s social-skill development by talking about who she likes to spend time with and what she likes to do, and by modeling healthy and happy relationships. Provide opportunities for her to spend time with other kids and practice the skills she’s learning.

Increased Independence

In kindergarten, most students are expected to take care of their basic daily needs, such as using the bathroom on their own, putting on their shoes and jackets, and putting their books and backpacks in the appropriate place. Kindergarten teachers support students’ independence by providing clear instructions and lots of opportunities to practice.

At home: Allow your child to make choices and discover consequences so that he can learn to be a problem solver and make good choices as he moves forward. “Allowing choice can be hard for parents but sometimes it’s the best thing you can do to help develop your child’s independence,” Smith says.

Confidence Building

Boosting a child’s confidence in the classroom can have a powerful impact on his school experience. Teachers work to boost a student’s confidence by identifying areas in which he excels and allowing him to be a leader.

At home: Offer specific praise that lets your child know what she is doing well and provide opportunities for growth by letting her practice skills that she’s less confident about in a safe, nonjudgmental environment.

Following Directions

By kindergarten, most children are expected to follow basic multistep instructions, such as “take your jacket off, hang it on your hook and bring your assigned book to the reading circle.” While these sorts of instructions may have been tricky to follow in preschool, by the end of kindergarten your child will likely be listening like a pro. Teachers help students develop these skills by providing lots of opportunities to follow directions and supporting them as they learn to do so.

At home: Talk through difficult tasks and ask your child to repeat back instructions if he has difficulty following through.

Self-Regulation Skills

Throughout their kindergarten year, children begin to develop the ability to regulate their emotions on their own. Early on, this might mean “thinking of ways to let a friend or a teacher know they are sad or frustrated without making a choice that gets them into trouble,” Zaidman says.

At home: Allow time for self-reflection in your family’s day. Ask your child to reflect on his day and talk about what he enjoyed, what he didn’t enjoy, and what he can do to make tomorrow better, which can lead to growth in how he regulates his emotions.

Positive Path Forward

Start talking about school in a positive way early and often. Talking about fun things to come helps a child get excited and helps you feel good about this big step forward. Even though the start of kindergarten can mean the closing of a chapter of your child’s life, often leading to some sadness along with the excitement, Barnes recommends against expressing sad or negative feelings in front of your child. Viewing this transition as a positive step forward can give you and your child the boost he or she needs to start kindergarten off on the right foot.


Julia Pelly has a master’s degree in public health and works full-time in the field of positive youth development. She lives in East Charlotte with her husband and two young sons. She enjoys Saturday storytime at the library, family bike rides and getting ice cream as often as possible.

 

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Cost: $7, included with museum admission

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Website »

More information

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Cost: $10-$26, children under age 2 are free

Where:
Bojangles' Coliseum
2700 E. Independence Blvd.
, NC
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Join the Create A Video team in celebrating the  Grand Re-Opening Week! Learn about digitizing family memories while enjoying studio tours, a fun "Guess How Many Photos?" Game, and a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Create A Video
8300 Fairview Road
Mint Hill, NC  28227
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Sponsor: Create A Video
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Participants engage in arts and crafts, story time theater and music with their moms.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. Let your little ones to discover the joy of being active while bouncing under the supervision of their parents and without...

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Website »

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Big Air Trampoline Park opens its doors for little ones to jump at their own speed and comfort level. Without the older kids around, the toddlers feel right at home on all the attractions. Big...

Cost: $8

Where:
Big Air Trampoline Park
2408 Sardis Road N.
, NC
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This program is designed to help toddlers identify words through interactive games and letter recognition. Toddlers will have fun learning and reading with friends.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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Explore the whimsical world of wizards with Discovery Place Kids! Tues. and Thurs.: The Sorting Hat Wed. and Fri.: The Maurader's Map Weekday activities start at the Town Hall Stage...

Cost: $10 per person and free for members; Included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids - Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261 x300
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Come hang out and play video games with other school-age gamers at the library!

Cost: Free

Where:
Stanley Branch Library
205 N. Peterson St.
Stanley, NC  28164
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Sponsor: Gaston County Public Library
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
Website »

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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies, and alien...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Camp Greene, the Charlotte-based military facility that mobilized and trained nearly 60,000 U.S. soldiers for the rigors of overseas...

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Website »

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Try the pumpkin slingshot, and let children play in the giant corn box and the straw castle. Visit the  pumpkin patch, and for an additional cost, enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride through the...

Cost: $8-$11; children younger than 2 free

Where:
Lazy 5 Ranch
15100 Mooresville Road
Mooresville, NC
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Telephone: 704-663-5100
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This nature-themed exhibit is packed with fun, hands-on activities that highlight ways for kids and families to discover, appreciate and experience the natural world. Colorful, scenic settings and...

Cost: $5-$8, free for children younger than 3, Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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The student work featured in this exhibit marks the culmination of a three-year partnership between Levine Museum of the New South and Studio 345, a program of the Arts and Science Council. In...

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing.  This showcase of the...

Cost: $7, included with museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Home-schooled students can participate in this themed programming on the last Wednesday of every other month. Include a variety of learning stations offering hands-on, guided discovery experiences...

Cost: $8 for first student; $5 for each additional student; $12 per adult

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Telephone: 704-829-1270
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Enjoy hands-on learning about the lifecycle of a pumpkin along with fun facts about bats, birds and fall migration. Students will also explore questions such as “why do fall leaves change...

Cost: $5-$12

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Discover nature with your little one through stories, crafts and activities related to the topic.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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Celebrate the full moon with a gathering in the woods and on the trails.

Cost: Free

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Certified technicians will check and help families install carseats. No appointment necessary. Bring your vehicle, seat and if possible the child for the most assistance. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Police Department
1201 Crews Road
Matthews, NC
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

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Join the Carolina's Aviation Museum on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month for an engaging hour of exploring aviation through stories, crafts and hands-on experiences that are...

Cost: $5

Where:
Carolina's Aviation Museum
4672 1st Flight Drive
, NC
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Join the Create A Video team in celebrating the  Grand Re-Opening Week! Learn about digitizing family memories while enjoying studio tours, a fun "Guess How Many Photos?" Game, and a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Create A Video
8300 Fairview Road
Mint Hill, NC  28227
View map »


Sponsor: Create A Video
Website »

More information

Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

This drop off program for children presents an engineering challenge based on a popular nursery rhyme. After their engineering challenge, participants meet the animals and participate in humane...

Cost: $20

Where:
Rescue Ranch
1424 Turnersburg Hwy.
Statesville, NC
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Children embark on nature adventures as they learn through fun, hands-on activities. Parent participation and preregistration are required.

Cost: $15

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River Road
Charlotte, NC  28278
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Telephone: 980-314-1102
Website »

More information

Explore the whimsical world of wizards with Discovery Place Kids! Tues. and Thurs.: The Sorting Hat Wed. and Fri.: The Maurader's Map Weekday activities start at the Town Hall Stage...

Cost: $10 per person and free for members; Included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids - Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261 x300
Website »

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Certified technicians will check and help families install car seats. No appointment necessary. Bring your vehicle, seat and if possible the child for the most assistance. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Huntersville Fire Station 1
110 S. Old Statesville Road
Huntersville, NC
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Explore the Mint Museum's exhibitions.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road
Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Instructors will provide assistance to students in grades K-12 in reading and math. The instructions will be primarily facilitated by NC Educator licensed teachers.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Revolution Park Sports Academy
1225 Remount Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Revolution Park Sports Academy

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This class will be a treat for the taste buds! Parent participation required.

Cost: $5

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
1501 Euclid Ave.
, NC
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
Website »

More information

Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies, and alien...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Camp Greene, the Charlotte-based military facility that mobilized and trained nearly 60,000 U.S. soldiers for the rigors of overseas...

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Many factors must be weighed when exhibiting a work of art, from framing to installation to critical contextualization. This exhibition examines the different considerations that go into displaying...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Try the pumpkin slingshot, and let children play in the giant corn box and the straw castle. Visit the  pumpkin patch, and for an additional cost, enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride through the...

Cost: $8-$11; children younger than 2 free

Where:
Lazy 5 Ranch
15100 Mooresville Road
Mooresville, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-663-5100
Website »

More information

This nature-themed exhibit is packed with fun, hands-on activities that highlight ways for kids and families to discover, appreciate and experience the natural world. Colorful, scenic settings and...

Cost: $5-$8, free for children younger than 3, Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

The student work featured in this exhibit marks the culmination of a three-year partnership between Levine Museum of the New South and Studio 345, a program of the Arts and Science Council. In...

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing.  This showcase of the...

Cost: $7, included with museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Discover nature with your little one through stories, crafts and activities related to the topic.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
Website »

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Children will learn to sort and make leaf rubbings while learning about the science behind why leaves change color.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Explore the forces that drive our world through interdisciplinary STEAM activities! Test your design skills in engineering challenges to build the most efficient machines, and experiment with...

Cost: $15

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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Create, experiment and practice teamwork in age-appropriate engineering challenges. Focus on basic physics concepts and how they apply to the natural world.

Cost: $12

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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Enjoy light refreshments while celebrating the patio grand opening at the Mooresville Public Library.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 South Main Street
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Telephone: 704-664-2927
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Come out for some spooktacular family fun at Time to Shine Stables Barn-or-Treat in Mt. Ulla. Enjoy a costume contest at 7 p.m. as well as vendors, candy, games, horse rides and more.

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Time to Shine Stables
2725 Sloop Road
Mt. Ulla , NC  28125
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Sponsor: Time to Shine Stables
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Do not miss Mount Holly's annual Hollyween Bash in Tuckaseege Park!

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseege Park
165 Broome St.
Mount Holly, NC  28120
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Sponsor: City of Mount Holly
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Train rides, pumpkin decorating, arts and crafts, balloon art, photo booth, goodie bags and trick-or-treating businesses of Piedmont Town Center. Kids costume parade at 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
Piedmont Town Center
4725 Piedmont Row Drive
, NC
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Dress in costume, and trick-or-treat at Matthews Township Shopping Center. Kids can also enjoy face painters, balloon artists and a costume contest!

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Township Shopping Center
1811 Matthews Township Pkwy.
Matthews, NC
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Come together in the kitchen for some family fun! A professional instructor will lead families in an engaging cooking experience that concludes with sitting down at the table to enjoy a game or...

Cost: $25-$30

Where:
Morrison YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Morrison YMCA
Website »

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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-920-2787
Website »

More information

Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6923
Website »

More information

Join the Create A Video team in celebrating the  Grand Re-Opening Week! Learn about digitizing family memories while enjoying studio tours, a fun "Guess How Many Photos?" Game, and a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Create A Video
8300 Fairview Road
Mint Hill, NC  28227
View map »


Sponsor: Create A Video
Website »

More information

Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
View map »


Telephone: 704-401-3200
Website »

More information

Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. Let your little ones to discover the joy of being active while bouncing under the supervision of their parents and without...

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Big Air Trampoline Park opens its doors for little ones to jump at their own speed and comfort level. Without the older kids around, the toddlers feel right at home on all the attractions. Big...

Cost: $8

Where:
Big Air Trampoline Park
2408 Sardis Road N.
, NC
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Website »

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Little ones and adults discover nature together through crafts, games, songs, animal encounters and outdoor exploration. Choose one time slot per week/theme. Oct. 11 and 12: Totally Turtles;...

Cost: $4

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1128
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Children learn simple techniques to performing in this month-long class. Parent participation and preregistration are required.

Cost: $15

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1102

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Stop by the store for live musical entertainment as Brik performs for the children. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Toys and Company
242 S. Sharon Amity Road
, NC
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Website »

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Explore the whimsical world of wizards with Discovery Place Kids! Tues. and Thurs.: The Sorting Hat Wed. and Fri.: The Maurader's Map Weekday activities start at the Town Hall Stage...

Cost: $10 per person and free for members; Included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids - Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-372-6261 x300
Website »

More information

The Evening Farmers Market supports local farmers by providing a location to bring customers and farmers together. Everything sold at the market is locally grown, baked, or crafted by the vendor....

Cost: Free

Where:
Pecan Park
136 North Center St.
Statesville, NC
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Cost: $15

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 980-314-1102
Website »

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A fun and interactive story time for children with autism, developmental challenges or sensory sensitivities and their typically developing peers. A parent/caretaker must be present during the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-636-2889
Website »

More information

Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies, and alien...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6908
Website »

More information

Experience a wonderland of expertly-carved pumpkins. Walk the trail of jack-o-lanterns, viewing different themes along the way. Advanced tickets required.

Cost: $11-$35; Children 2 and younger free

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway at Carolina Rebellion Campground
7301 Burton Smith Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Website »

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Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-337-2000
Website »

More information

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Camp Greene, the Charlotte-based military facility that mobilized and trained nearly 60,000 U.S. soldiers for the rigors of overseas...

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Many factors must be weighed when exhibiting a work of art, from framing to installation to critical contextualization. This exhibition examines the different considerations that go into displaying...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Try the pumpkin slingshot, and let children play in the giant corn box and the straw castle. Visit the  pumpkin patch, and for an additional cost, enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride through the...

Cost: $8-$11; children younger than 2 free

Where:
Lazy 5 Ranch
15100 Mooresville Road
Mooresville, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-663-5100
Website »

More information

This nature-themed exhibit is packed with fun, hands-on activities that highlight ways for kids and families to discover, appreciate and experience the natural world. Colorful, scenic settings and...

Cost: $5-$8, free for children younger than 3, Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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The student work featured in this exhibit marks the culmination of a three-year partnership between Levine Museum of the New South and Studio 345, a program of the Arts and Science Council. In...

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing.  This showcase of the...

Cost: $7, included with museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Discover nature with your little one through stories, crafts and activities related to the topic.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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Families will line up at town hall to parade along main street to receive treats from merchants and organizations. Regular Halloween trick-or-treating around town will still take place on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Davidson Town Hall
216 S Main St.
Davidson, NC
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Telephone: 704-940-9622
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Come on out and celebrate the diversity of creepy crawlies at Reedy Creek Nature Center at night. Check out the animals, costume contest, campfire, marshmallow roast, crafts, hayrides and night...

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
2900 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Hundreds of customed trick-or-treaters gather at Harrisburg Park for costume contests, inflatables, candy, games and trick-or-treating with local merchants.

Cost: $3

Where:
Harrisburg Park
191 Sims Pkwy.
Harrisburg, NC
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Telephone: 704-455-7275
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Let MyGym take care of the kiddos while parents enjoy a night on the town. Glow in the Dark party will consist of black lights, neon markers and glow sticks. Bring a solid white shirt for your...

Cost: $25-$40

Where:
My Gym Southpark
5110 Park Road
2D
, NC
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Telephone: 704-522-6966
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Don’t miss the chance to connect with local health and wellness vendors, receive valuable health tips and enjoy festive activities, such as a photo station, local mascots, food truck fare and...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Brixham Tent in Ballantyne Corp. Park
13925 Ballantyne Corporate Place
, NC
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Let your kids discover the details of the museums galleries in a fun and challenging way. With two levels of difficulty this gallery activity invites participants of all ages to examine art work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-2787
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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Join the Create A Video team in celebrating the  Grand Re-Opening Week! Learn about digitizing family memories while enjoying studio tours, a fun "Guess How Many Photos?" Game, and a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Create A Video
8300 Fairview Road
Mint Hill, NC  28227
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Sponsor: Create A Video
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Little ones and adults discover nature together through crafts, games, songs, animal encounters and outdoor exploration. Choose one time slot per week/theme. Oct. 11 and 12: Totally Turtles;...

Cost: $4

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1128
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Stretch out your wiggles at children's yoga story time, hosted by yoga instructor, Stefanie Ezratty from Bellies and Blooms. She will instruct kids on some basic yoga positions that go along...

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble - Birkdale Village
8725 Townley Road
Huntersville, NC
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Explore the whimsical world of wizards with Discovery Place Kids! Tues. and Thurs.: The Sorting Hat Wed. and Fri.: The Maurader's Map Weekday activities start at the Town Hall Stage...

Cost: $10 per person and free for members; Included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids - Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261 x300
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Little Music Makers Classes are designed for children with various developmental delays. Instructor , Melissa Reinhardt, MSEd, MT-BC will use activities to target those developmental areas while...

Cost: $25 per class; $80 per month

Where:
Piedmont Music Therapy, LLC
220 Westinghouse Blvd.
Suite 402
, NC
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Join Clayworks for this hands-on workshop; learn about different pottery techniques and how to manipulate clay to create a variety of fun and functional ceramic projects. Preregistration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Grier Heights Community Center
3100 Leroy St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Clayworks, Inc.
Telephone: 980-498-1487
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Join Clayworks for this hands-on clay monthly workshop series at the Grier Heights Community Center. During each session, learn different pottery techniques and learn how to manipulate clay to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Greer Heights Community Center
3100 Leroy St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Clayworks, Inc.
Telephone: 980-498-1487
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This family-friendly event features craft brews, wine, cider, live music and the best food trucks in Charlotte. Bring the whole family, including your dogs. Along...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sycamore Brewing
2161 Hawkins St.
Charlotte, NC  28203
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Starting in May and running through October, come out to Camp North End in the Boileryard on Friday nights for food and music. Children and leashed pets welcome!

Cost: Free

Where:
Boileryard - Camp North End
1824 Statesville Ave.
, NC
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Drop off your children for a night of fun while you hit the town. Activities include laser tag, jump-n-play, rock climbing, mini bowling, ropes courses, bumper cars, and arcade games. Children...

Cost: $25 online, $30 at the door

Where:
Sports Connection - Ballantyne or Northlake Locations
, NC


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Girls will learn how to create several cute new ’dos. Participants can also take home bright highlights for their dolls. Afterward, each girl and her spruced-up companion can enjoy muffins,...

Cost: $25 per person

Where:
American Girl Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Sponsor: American Girl
Telephone: 877-247-5223
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Looking for a Halloween experience for the little ones? Come early between 6 and 7 p.m. for the not-so-spooky Halloween!

Cost: $5-8

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell Street E.
Matthews, NC
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Sponsor: Matthews Playhouse
Telephone: 704-846-8343
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The spirits of Rosedale take visitors on an journey through the the plantation. Tours of the stations in the house start every 20 minutes. Rosedale’s theatrical production team presents this...

Cost: $15-$20

Where:
Historic Rosedale Plantation
3427 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Fear rises when darkness falls when Carowinds is transformed from a “theme park” into a “scream park” during the annual haunt of SCarowinds. Experience the thrills of your...

Cost: Cost of Carowinds admission

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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It’s safe, scary fun for the whole family! Kids will enjoy the Halloween shows and trick-or-treating. Take a chilling journey into the night on the Ghost Train- if you dare! Advance...

Cost: $38

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln.
Blowing Rock, NC  28605
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Sponsor: Tweetsie Railroad
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Professional ghost hunters take guests through grounds of Rosedale Plantation and attempt contact with the beyond. Please wear flat, quiet, comfortable shoes, and bring a small twist top...

Cost: $15-$20

Where:
Historic Rosedale Plantation
3427 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Get lost in the giant seven-acre corn maze featuring over two miles of interconnecting paths. Take a hayride, play cornhole and hike the trails. See website for times. 

Cost: $11+

Where:
Historic Rural Hill
4431 Neck Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-875-3113
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This haunted trail located in Mooresville is open Friday and Saturday throughout the month of October and is appropriate for ages 12 and older. Nearing Halloween, Sunday, Oct. 14, 21 and 28 are...

Cost: $25 per person; cash or check only

Where:
Carrigan Farms, LLC
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Enter at West Entrance
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Telephone: 704-664-1450
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies, and alien...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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Experience a wonderland of expertly-carved pumpkins. Walk the trail of jack-o-lanterns, viewing different themes along the way. Advanced tickets required.

Cost: $11-$35; Children 2 and younger free

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway at Carolina Rebellion Campground
7301 Burton Smith Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Camp Greene, the Charlotte-based military facility that mobilized and trained nearly 60,000 U.S. soldiers for the rigors of overseas...

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Many factors must be weighed when exhibiting a work of art, from framing to installation to critical contextualization. This exhibition examines the different considerations that go into displaying...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Experience this wonderful new revue of the classic hit songs from the man who created Jesus Chris Superstar, Evita, Cats, and The Phantom of the Opera!

Cost: $10+

Where:
Pease Auditorium
1201 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Try the pumpkin slingshot, and let children play in the giant corn box and the straw castle. Visit the  pumpkin patch, and for an additional cost, enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride through the...

Cost: $8-$11; children younger than 2 free

Where:
Lazy 5 Ranch
15100 Mooresville Road
Mooresville, NC
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Telephone: 704-663-5100
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Enjoy outdoor movies at Cane Creek Park's Festival Area. Additional games and activities will begin one hour prior to showtime. Sept. 7, 8pm: "A Bug's Life" Sept. 21,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cane Creek Park
5213 Harkey Road
Waxhaw, NC
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Sponsor: Union County Parks and Recreation
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This nature-themed exhibit is packed with fun, hands-on activities that highlight ways for kids and families to discover, appreciate and experience the natural world. Colorful, scenic settings and...

Cost: $5-$8, free for children younger than 3, Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Stop by Bass Pro Shops and Cabelas with the kids for a free photo with the Charlie Brown and the Peanuts friends, crafts, a pumpkin toss game, trick-or-treating, costume parade and cookie...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The student work featured in this exhibit marks the culmination of a three-year partnership between Levine Museum of the New South and Studio 345, a program of the Arts and Science Council. In...

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Celebrate Halloween with Schleich! Kids in costume who visit the Schleich pop-up shop at SouthPark Mall will be treated to a special Schleich gift, while supplies last! The Charlotte-based toy...

Cost: Free

Where:
SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Get ready for a day filled with Lexington barbecue, live music and family friendly attractions. NC By Train will bring passengers to the Lexington Barbecue Festival thanks to a one-day special...

Cost: Train price varies, children younger than 2 ride free; free festival

Where:
Charlotte Amtrak Station
1914 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: NC By Train
Telephone: 1-800-BY-TRAIN
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Bring your pup for the Dog Jog 5K, run the 10k or half marathon, or come cheer on friends! Enjoy music, food and cider! Stick around for the Dog Park open house, and check out the 12-acre dog...

Cost: $30-$50

Where:
Mary Warner Mack Dog Park
104 Adventure Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Watch the apple dish pageant, run the 5K, visit the farmers market, collect and bring home a few apples and visit the Kids' Orchard.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Lincolnton
115 W. Main St.
Lincolnton, NC
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Come to Discover Place Nature for a frightfully delightful daytime exploration of what goes bump in the night. Enjoy crafts, silly story times, special shows and animal encounters with some creepy...

Cost: $8, free for children younger than 2, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Enjoy 1,500 square feet of rocks and minerals from around the world. See specimens both common and rare while discovering how the science of earth is ever-changing.  This showcase of the...

Cost: $7, included with museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Start the weekend off on the right foot with a family hike on the Cattail Trail. Kids will create leaf artwork during the walk.

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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Have a spooktacular and explosive time during this celebration of National Chemistry Day. Check out experiments that bubble, ooze, blow up and light up. Sponsored by BASF.

Cost: $13-$17, free for children younger than 2, Included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Come celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” Get hands-on with electrical, biological and diabolical demonstrations that illustrate...

Cost: $13-$17, free for children younger than 2, Included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Are you afraid of spiders, snakes or even the dark?  Earn your own Bravery Badge by facing your fears as you travel though out the museum’s galleries. Not so scary costumes are...

Cost: $8 adults; $5 youth; free for members and 3 and younger

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Sponsor: Culture and Heritage Museums
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Don your best costume and join us for a frightfully-fun, SPOOKtacular concert! Hear Halloween-themed music including favorites from films like "Harry Potter" and "Jaws." The...

Cost: $14-$24

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Thanks to the ASCs Culture Blocks Program, Clayworks will lead participants in a hand on clay workshop for all ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center
440 Wesley Heights Way
, NC
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Telephone: 980-314-1114
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Trick-or-Treat at Regency Village! See face painters and balloon artists.

Cost: Free

Where:
Regency Village
7725 Regency Lake Drive
Huntersville, NC
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Visit the Microsoft store for an informative, hands-on workshop introducing educators and parents or caregivers to the Microsoft Learning Tools that implement proven techniques to improve reading...

Cost: Free

Where:
Microsoft Store at SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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In this hour and a half workshop, kids will learn more about the upcoming Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, holiday and help create decorations for a celebration of their own. This...

Cost: $7-$10, children younger than 6 free

Where:
Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Discover nature with your little one through stories, crafts and activities related to the topic.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Telephone: 980-314-1129
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Calling all train fans! Learn how the Christmas at Kings Mountain Historical Museum train displays are created. Try creating the scenery for the model trains. Refreshments provided.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain , NC  28086
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Kids can listen to a story, frost cupcakes and meet with a pirate puppy!

Cost: $9

Where:
SAS Cupcakes
9941 Rea Road
Suite C
, NC
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Telephone: 704-295-1777
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Kids of all ages and grown-ups, too, can learn to ride a bike using the tried-and-true “balance bike” method.

Cost: Free

Where:
Martin Luther King, Jr Middle School
500 Bilmark Ave.
, NC
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The iMAGINE STEAM Festival in Rock Hill is a designed to showcase preK-12 education and career pathways in Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering and Math (STEAM) through fun, hands-on learning....

Where:
Fountain Park in Old Town Rock Hill
300 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Come enjoy a costume parade, pumpkin painting, trick-or-treating, bounce houses and pumpkin carving for the kiddos. Adults can check out the beer, food, music, games and shopping. Don't miss...

Cost: Free

Where:
Midwood Park
2100 Wilhelmina Ave.
, NC
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Small Hands Big Art presents the 10th Annual Fall Festival! Families will enjoy free fall-inspired craft stations for children ages and older. Celebrate the season while exploring the studio and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Small Hands Big Art
8025 Ardrey Kell Road
Suite 103
, NC
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Sponsor: Small Hands Big Art
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Come for an afternoon of family fun for you and your furry family members! Event kicks off at PetPeople with a costume pet parade leading to the Terrace. In the Terrace, enjoy a DJ and a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Waverly Charlotte
PetPeople
7315 Waverly Walk Ave.
, NC
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Join Life Time Athletic for our Halloween event, Spooktacular! Families can rotate through seven spooky stations: Monster Lab Mystery Boxes, Mummy Wrapping, Spooky Cookie Decorating, Mr....

Cost: $15

Where:
Life Time Athletic Charlotte
11220 Golf Links Drive
, NC
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Come for a fun afternoon of creepy crawly crafts. Try painting a plastic pumpkin, or decorate mini-skulls in the style of Dia de los Muertos. Create garlands of glittering cobwebs and bizarre...

Cost: Free

Where:
CSA's Art Studio at Spirit Square in Uptown
345 N. College St.
, NC
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Come to Hall Family Farm for BBQ, hayride tickets, face painting and more! Gather to eat and enjoy all the festivities of the farm with family and friends. Lunch is free, while supplies last.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hall Family Farm
10713 Providence Road W.
, NC
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Sponsor: South Charlotte Presbyterian Church
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In this free, one-hour workshop, parents, caregivers, educators and students learn the various forms of cyberbullying, as well as its academic and social impacts. Participants will gain key...

Cost: Free

Where:
Microsoft Store in SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Local dessert shops and bakeries will have desserts available for purchase. Bring family and friends to enjoy Lenny Boy brew or kombucha and satisfy your sweet tooth! Select vendors will offer...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lenny Boy Brewing Co.
3000 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Families can visit Center Court for this year's "Vampirina" Disney Junior Play Date! Disney character live appearances are not a part of this event.

Cost: Free

Where:
SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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The 10th Annual GUTS competition features local and regional creative professionals carving pumpkins to raise funds for Make-A-Wish of Western and Central NC. The event features food, beverages,...

Cost: $10; free for children ages 12 and younger

Where:
BB&T Ballpark
324 S Mint St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704. 342. 2101
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Get ready for an all-out block party featuring live music, craft breweries, food trucks, costume contests, games, prizes, trick-or-treating, creepy crafts and family fun!

Cost: Free

Where:
Oak Street Mill
19725 Oak St.
Cornelius, NC
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How tall can you build your tower. Each group will get 100 toothpicks and mini marshmallows. The clock is ticking can you build your tower.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Hosted in partnership with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, families can participate in free safety demonstrations, chat with on-site safety advocates and explore exhibitor and vendor...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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Experience spooktacular fun for all ages! Event features carnival rides, games for children and adults, food vendors, business vendors, music, a cupcake walk and the annual costume contest.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Belmont
24 S. Main St.
Belmont, NC
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In this free, one-hour workshop, parents, caregivers, educators and students learn the various forms of cyberbullying, as well as its academic and social impacts. Participants will gain key...

Cost: Free

Where:
Microsoft Store - SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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This free family event features superheroes, pumpkins, creepy crawlies, face painting and lots of candy! Come dressed in costume. Proceeds from the pumpkin patch will go to the Autism Society of...

Cost: Free

Where:
NorthCross Shopping Center
9709 Sam Furr Road
Huntersville, NC
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Downtown Waxhaw comes alive in this family-friendly festive costumed event for Halloween.  Trick-or-treating in the downtown business district, costume contests, a haunted maze in the David G....

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Waxhaw
West South Main St.
Waxhaw, NC
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Wear costumes, and join Sardis Presbyterian Church for this fun family event! Enjoy trunk-or-treating, food, a bounce house, fun games, and more!

Cost: Free

Where:
Sardis Presbyterian Church
6100 Sardis Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Sardis Presbyterian Church
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This free, family-friendly event will feature face painting, cotton candy, carriage rides, pumpkin contest judging, Curley the Clown, popcorn and plenty of sweet treats. Area businesses will...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stumptown Park
120 S. Trade St.
Matthews, NC
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Collect treats as you explore the Nature Trail, Catawba Village, PlayS'cape and other outdoor attractions. Kids are encouraged to attend in costume and bring a flashlight. Special shows...

Cost: $7 members; $9 nonmembers

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28056
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Come and join the JCC in a fun filled family night at the J! Discovery Place will come to Camp Mindy Poliakoff Pavilion with its mobile Starlab. Dinner will be provided during the journey to the...

Cost: $25-$35 per family of 4; $5 per additional family member

Where:
Levine Jewish Community Center
Camp Mindy Rec Hall
5007 Providence Road
, NC
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Prepare to be not-so-scared at the NASCAR Hall of Fame this Halloween. Do nto miss trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch and games with prizes. The frightfully delightful night has been designed with...

Cost: $15

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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Sponsor: NASCAR Hall of Fame
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Come to downtown Belmont for the boos, but stay for the brews! Nightmare on Main Street will continue the Halloween fun from BooFest with its carnival rides, adding adult beverages and live music...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Downtown Belmont
Belmont, NC


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Creepy conductors and freaky firefighters will hand out candy aboard the train and at stations in the museum. Children in costume receive free admission and train ride with paying adult.

Cost: $8-$12

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Dino Safari:  A Prehistoric Adventure Travel back in time on a journey through the Mesozoic Era – the age of dinosaurs. See full-bodied models of incredible creatures that time...

Cost: $6-$7, children under age 3 admitted free. Includes museum admission.

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6923
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Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. Let your little ones to discover the joy of being active while bouncing under the supervision of their parents and without...

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Every weekend in October, Lewis Farm opens up for fun-filled family days at the farm. Admission to the farm includes horse-drawn hay rides, a maze and slide, a chance to feed barnyard animals,...

Cost: $7; free for children 3 and younger

Where:
Lewis Farm
330 Lewis Road
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-842-1208
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Celebrate fall the last three weekends in October on the Anne Springs Close Greenway with wagon rides, pumpkin patch, corn maze, petting zoo, pedal carts, horse rides, face painting, kayaking and...

Cost: $10 members; $12 nonmembers; children 4 and younger free; plus $5 parking fee.

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-547-4575
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Explore LEGO WeDo 2.0 robotics at your own pace and level at our community #STEAMSaturdays sites (Hygge Coworking West and The Hurt Hub@Davidson). Build and design, incorporate sensors and...

Cost: $25

Where:
Hygge Coworking West
2128 Remount Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Digi-Bridge
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Explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) during #STEAMSaturdays series. Digi-Bridge brings fun and learning together through Lego programming and robotics!

Cost: $30

Where:
Hygge West
2128 Remount Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Digi-Bridge
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Come enjoy fascinating photos, memorabilia, and stories during 12 months of rotating special displays at the Billy Graham Library as part of the celebration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Family-friendly Halloween attractions for young children, including a costume parade, hay bale maze, foam zone, plus rides. 

Cost: Daily ticket prices start at $48

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Enjoy free child admission with no coupon required for all children 12 and younger.   Trick-or-treat the festival with free treats at more than 100 locations throughout the Festival...

Cost: Adult admission $25

Where:
Carolina Renaissance Festival Fairgrounds
16445 Poplar Tent Road
Huntersville , NC  28078
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Telephone: 704-896-5555
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Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Step back in time at the 25th Annual Renaissance Festival in Huntersville! Enjoy entertainment, rides, shopping, food, and free parking at this rain-or-shine event.

Cost: Tickets start at $14, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
Carolina Renaissance Festival Fairgrounds
16445 Poplar Tent Road
Huntersville , NC  28078
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Building model kits is a hobby kids of all ages can enjoy. It is fun, creative and constructive! Join us each Saturday in October to assemble a wooden model kit, paint it, and take home a finished...

Cost: $5

Where:
Village Park Shelter A
119 North Main St.
Kannapolis, NC
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Guided trail rides are led by a member of the Greenway's equestrian staff and are available on Saturdays from September to May. Trail rides are open to riders ages 9 and older of all experience...

Cost: $45 for members; $50 for nonmembers

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
1058 Horse Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Families can enjoy a corn maze, hay rides, animal presentations, arts and crafts, music, hay art, sponsor booths, games and more.

Cost: $5-$10; children younger than 2 free

Where:
Rescue Ranch
1424 Turnersburg Hwy.
Statesville, NC  28625
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Sponsor: WIX Filters
Telephone: 704-768-0909
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Join one of our naturalists on the fourth Saturday of each month for a stroll around Discovery Place Nature’s Paw Paw Nature Trail. Meet in the Great Hall.

Cost: $8; free for members and children younger than 2, included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place - Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is one of the most important celebrations in Mexico and Latin America. The Garden will offer live entertainment, crafts, food and activities.

Cost: $7-$13; children under 2 free

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Explore the whimsical world of wizards at Discovery Place Kids! Oct. 6 and 7: Quidditch Oct. 13 and 14: Wands Oct. 20 and 21: Potions Oct. 26 and 27: Magical Creatures Weekend...

Cost: $10 per person and free for members; Included with admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids - Huntersville
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261 x300
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This bar + arcade hybrid has over 20 pinball machines, 30 arcade games and other games rotating monthly. On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm the bar opens up to all ages with a parent...

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Music and Movement activities for ages one, two and three! All ages are welcome to attend, and infants receive free admission. Come jam to stories and songs!

Cost: $2 per child

Where:
UWI- Kidz Greenhouse Cafe
5237 Albemarle Road
Suites 211-213
, NC
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Sponsor: United World Initiative's
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Community School of the Arts will provide a visual art workshop series with a different project each workshop. Enjoy live music performed during the workshop.

Cost: Free

Where:
University City Regional Library
301 East W.T. Harris Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: ASC Culture Blocks
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Explore books and stories in creative ways through interactive activities including math, science and games.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Explore books and stories in creative ways through interactive activities including math, science and games.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Looking for a Halloween experience for the little ones? Come early between 6 and 7 p.m. for the not-so-spooky Halloween!

Cost: $5-8

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell Street E.
Matthews, NC
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Sponsor: Matthews Playhouse
Telephone: 704-846-8343
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Instructors will provide assistance to students in grades K-12 in reading and math. The instructions will be primarily facilitated by NC Educator licensed teachers.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Revolution Park Sports Academy
1225 Remount Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Revolution Park Sports Academy

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The spirits of Rosedale take visitors on an journey through the the plantation. Tours of the stations in the house start every 20 minutes. Rosedale’s theatrical production team presents this...

Cost: $15-$20

Where:
Historic Rosedale Plantation
3427 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Fear rises when darkness falls when Carowinds is transformed from a “theme park” into a “scream park” during the annual haunt of SCarowinds. Experience the thrills of your...

Cost: Cost of Carowinds admission

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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It’s safe, scary fun for the whole family! Kids will enjoy the Halloween shows and trick-or-treating. Take a chilling journey into the night on the Ghost Train- if you dare! Advance...

Cost: $38

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln.
Blowing Rock, NC  28605
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Sponsor: Tweetsie Railroad
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Professional ghost hunters take guests through grounds of Rosedale Plantation and attempt contact with the beyond. Please wear flat, quiet, comfortable shoes, and bring a small twist top...

Cost: $15-$20

Where:
Historic Rosedale Plantation
3427 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Get lost in the giant seven-acre corn maze featuring over two miles of interconnecting paths. Take a hayride, play cornhole and hike the trails. See website for times. 

Cost: $11+

Where:
Historic Rural Hill
4431 Neck Road
Huntersville, NC
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Telephone: 704-875-3113
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This haunted trail located in Mooresville is open Friday and Saturday throughout the month of October and is appropriate for ages 12 and older. Nearing Halloween, Sunday, Oct. 14, 21 and 28 are...

Cost: $25 per person; cash or check only

Where:
Carrigan Farms, LLC
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy.
Enter at West Entrance
Mooresville, NC  28115
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Telephone: 704-664-1450
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This exhibit tells the story of the coming of railroads after the Civil War and the impact they had on the life, economy, culture, folklore, music and landscape of the mountains. Using videos,...

Cost: $4-$12, includes museum admission

Where:
N.C. Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr.
Spencer, NC
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies, and alien...

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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Experience a wonderland of expertly-carved pumpkins. Walk the trail of jack-o-lanterns, viewing different themes along the way. Advanced tickets required.

Cost: $11-$35; Children 2 and younger free

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway at Carolina Rebellion Campground
7301 Burton Smith Blvd.
Concord, NC
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In his delicately rendered sculptures, Michael Sherrill seeks to elicit a sense of wonder from viewers.

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Visitors explore a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. See "popular" garments, runway fashions designed by...

Cost: $15-$6; Free for children 4 and younger; Included in admission

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Camp Greene, the Charlotte-based military facility that mobilized and trained nearly 60,000 U.S. soldiers for the rigors of overseas...

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Many factors must be weighed when exhibiting a work of art, from framing to installation to critical contextualization. This exhibition examines the different considerations that go into displaying...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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To further unite the nation, in 2018 For Freedoms launched a 50 State Initiative in which multiple organizations and events embodied an array of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art,...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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"Welcome to Brookhill" is a collection of images that, like poetry, stir emotion. The photographs reveal what this neighborhood, like every other neighborhood, has come to be to its...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibit investigates 20th century protests, reminding museum goers that societal tumult is part of a hard-fought...

Cost: $7-$9, Children 5 and younger free

Where:
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Cultur
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Experience this wonderful new revue of the classic hit songs from the man who created Jesus Chris Superstar, Evita, Cats, and The Phantom of the Opera!

Cost: $10+

Where:
Pease Auditorium
1201 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Try the pumpkin slingshot, and let children play in the giant corn box and the straw castle. Visit the  pumpkin patch, and for an additional cost, enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride through the...

Cost: $8-$11; children younger than 2 free

Where:
Lazy 5 Ranch
15100 Mooresville Road
Mooresville, NC
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Telephone: 704-663-5100
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This nature-themed exhibit is packed with fun, hands-on activities that highlight ways for kids and families to discover, appreciate and experience the natural world. Colorful, scenic settings and...

Cost: $5-$8, free for children younger than 3, Included with admission

Where:
The Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Included with zoo admission are wagon rides, walking around the zoo, carousel rides, face painting, balloon animals and sightings of both princesses and super heroes. Oct. 27, 9am-5pm; Oct. 28,...

Cost: $11.50-$13.50, children younger than 2 free

Where:
Zootastic Park
385 Ostwalt Amity Road
Troutman, NC
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Telephone: 704-245-6446
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Stop by Bass Pro Shops and Cabelas with the kids for a free photo with the Charlie Brown and the Peanuts friends, crafts, a pumpkin toss game, trick-or-treating, costume parade and cookie...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The student work featured in this exhibit marks the culmination of a three-year partnership between Levine Museum of the New South and Studio 345, a program of the Arts and Science Council. In...

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Celebrate Halloween with Schleich! Kids in costume who visit the Schleich pop-up shop at SouthPark Mall will be treated to a special Schleich gift, while supplies last! The Charlotte-based toy...

Cost: Free

Where:
SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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